Amy’s Inkin’ Krew Team Blog Hop Celebrates Spring

inkin-krew-blog-hop-banner2Hello Everyone! Back once again for our monthly team blog hop. How can it be nearly the middle of March already??? Wow! Spring is on its way, and I am sure all will be happy to see it.

Spring is definitely on this Blog Hop, since that is the theme. We can use any products we choose, not just Stampin’ UP!, though most of us will use, at least primarily, Stampin’ Up! products. And why not? SU has many wonderful sets that shout ‘SPRING’.

My card uses the spring-like Gingham Gala and the adorable Fable Friends stamp set. I really love the You Inspire Me with the daffodils, and His Grace, which is what Easter is all about, but decided today to keep it lighthearted and fun.


So, Enjoy the hop and please see what the others have created.

I began with stamping the duck family in Smoky Slate ink on Whisper White card stock, and colored them in with my Stampin’ Blends Markers. I used Smoky Slate for the mama duck, Light Daffodil Delight for the ducklings, and Light and Dark Calypso Coral for their bill and feet. Their clothes are Light and Dark Pool Party, Light and Dark Petal Pink, Light Highland Heather and Light Granny Apple Green, which is darker than I thought it would be. I used my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to fill in the eyes, and some feathers on the mama duck.

While I was coloring the ducks I decided the background was too plain, so I used my Aqua Painter to pick up some color from the lid of my Pool Party Classic Stampin’ Pad, and did a very light color wash for a hint of sky. The grass is from Fable Friends and Sheltering Tree, and is stamped in Granny Apple Green.


This art piece was adhered  with Liquid Glue to a mat of Gingham Gala 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper in Daffodil Delight. I used the smaller check for this as well as for the scalloped circle behind the sentiment.

I wrapped a length of retired Daffodil Delight 1/4″ cotton ribbon around this panel, taping it on the back. I used a strip of Tear & Tape to hold it in place.

The sentiment is from Fable Friends and stamped in Granny Apple Green on Whisper White and cut with the smallest Stitched Shapes circle. Liquid Glue adhered this to a mat of Daffodil Delight card stock cut with a scalloped circle die from Layering Circle Framelits, then onto the larger Gingham Gala scalloped circle. Stampin’ Dimensionals were used to adhere this to the card front.

My card base is Whisper White with a mat of Daffodil Delight which I ran through my Big Shot with the Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder. The mat was Liquid Glued to the card base. The art piece was then attached with Stampin’ Dimensionals.


A small bow of the same 1/4″ Daffodil Delight Cotton Ribbon finishes the front being adhered with a rolled up Glue Dot.

On the inside, I stamped more Granny Apple Green grass and another sentiment from Fable Friends, also in Granny Apple Green.


The row of ducklings was stamped in Smoky Slate on Whisper White using my Stamparatus. The ducklings are colored with Dark Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends, and their clothes are in the same Blends colors as used on the front. Light Calypso Coral Blends colors their bills and feet.

This liner was adhered to another panel of the Daffodil Delight Gingham Gala DSP, onto a Subtle dry embossed mat of Daffodil Delight and into the card base, all with Liquid Glue.

For the envelope I chose to use more of the Gingham jGala DSP on the flap and stamped the mama Duck in Smoky Slate over a row of Granny Apple Green Grass from the same stamp set. I colored her bill and feet in Light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends and her clothes in Daffodil Delight.

I don’t think you can get more “SPRING” than this. Gotta love it.

Oh, yes, here in Iowa it has finally gotten out of the freezer and into the 40 + degree range, so we are seeing our snow piles and ice finally melt. And, the birds are starting to sing and my friend saw Red-winged Blackbirds yesterday, a harbinger of spring.

BRING ON SPRING! We are ready for it!

I hope you enjoy today’s hop with our many talented team members. Card cuts and products used for this card are below. Please leave comments below as well. Thanks for hopping with us.





Karen Ksenzakovic

Connie Troyer

Jaimie Babarczy

Sue Prather

Julie Johnston – you are here

Mary Deatherage

Karen Finkle

Shirley Gentry

Amy Koeders

CARD CUTS: Whisper White: card base 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, art piece 3-5/8″ x 4-7/8″, inside liner 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, front sentiment circle 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″; Daffodil Delight: front mat and inside mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, sentiment mat scalloped circle 1-3/4″ x 1-3/4″; Gingham Gala Designer Series 6″ x 6″ Paper Pack: front art piece mat and inside liner mat 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″, large front scalloped circle 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″

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Now it’s November!

Good morning Everyone! It is a beautiful day here in Iowa, but we could use a little rain to settle the dust. And though it is already November, today I am sharing some images from October in Utah. Here at home, most of the trees have lost their leaves.


This scene was fairly common from the side of Burr Trail.

I have been traveling, in fact, just arrived home yesterday from a trip to beautiful Utah. I took the Amtrak train to Salt Lake City, met a photographer friend there and we rented a car to drive 4-1/2 hours to Boulder, which is in the Escalante Staircase/Dixie National Forest area. The scenery is wonderful. We also went to Bryce Canyon. None of my Bryce Canyon images are downloaded, so you won’t see those today.

The yellow of the cottonwoods (most of the Aspens had already lost their leaves) really stands out against the red canyon walls.


Did you know there are 5 National Parks in Utah? Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capital Reef, and Zion are the 5. But wait! There is more. Bears Ears, Cedar Breaks, Dinosaur, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Hovenweep, Natural Bridges, Rainbow Bridge, and Timpanogos Cave are all National Monuments. In addition to that, there are 2 National Recreation Areas-Glen Canyon and Flaming Gorge. These are all federal lands and well worth seeing. In 6 days time I did not have time to see many of these, so a trip back to Utah is on my ‘to do’ list.

That’s not all! There are 6 National Forests, 31 National Wilderness Areas, 583 miles of National Historic Trails, 1 National Historic Site, 2 National Conservation Areas, 3 National Wildlife Refuges, 18 National Recreation Trails, and 8 National Scenic Byways.

By contrast, Iowa has 1 National Monument, 1 National Historic Site and 2 National Historic Trails. While Iowa is beautiful any time of year, it is a totally different kind of beauty.

I would say Utah is a dry climate, but where there are rivers or streams that are not dried up, you will find trees, birds and gorgeous reflections on the water’s surface.


Of course, as a photographer, I will go at specific times of the year to try for the best images. The ones on this post are all from the same day, though at different times of the day. I haven’t had time to download the rest of my images. I even got a few bird shots in, though none are especially good. Here is one of a White-crowned Sparrow. I did add 3 species to my life list.



The rocks are not all red, but it is the predominate color. We found a slot canyon that was simply beautiful, no less so because it was easy to get to. Some slot canyons have to be accessed by a series of ladders, which I can’t/won’t negotiate. The entrance to this canyon is not readily noticeable.


I would suggest that if you are looking for a lovely place to visit, a place where you can see a variety of landscapes, you might want to consider Utah. Prior to this visit I had only been to Salt Lake City and the 4 corners area, but no place in between. I still haven’t been to the Great Salt Lake, nor any of the National Wildlife Refuges. Those are on the agenda for my next visit.

Of course, in October the cottonwoods are a spectacular golden color, no matter the angle from which you view them.



That is enough to dazzle you for one day, and if, by chance, you are trying to decide where to go on your next vacation, you might want to consider Utah.

Please leave any comments below. Thanks for stopping by.




Celebrate Weather Together

Tremendous Tuesday to everyone out there. And, it truly is tremendous, at least here in the heartland, as it RAINED this morning. Yes, RAIN! I, and everyone else in this neck of the woods am/are ecstatic, and VERY thankful. You see, we have had no rain (unless you count about one half inch total over 6 times of trying to rain) since the third week of May.  The corn is tasseled and beginning to silk, which means it will need moisture to fill those kernels. And, I don’t have to water my hostas.

Since I am doing a happy dance, my card today reflects my attitude.


Using Weather Together stamps and the Umbrella Weather framelits, I created a card to celebrate our good fortune.

Card cuts will be at the end of the post.

First cut the card base. I decided it would be a tent style Basic Gray base. Next is a Crushed Curry mat on which I glued a piece of light gray dotted paper which reminded me of raindrops. My art piece started as a Smokey Gray background with umbrellas, clouds and raindrops.

First I stamped in Crushed Curry on Daffodil Yellow the striped umbrella and cut it with the matching die. The long umbrella handle was cut from Basic Gray and glued directly on the gray mat, with the striped umbrella.

Then I die cut a Basic Gray and a Whisper White umbrella using the die with three sections. I cut the white one apart and glued the outside pieces to the gray umbrella, which I had stamped but wouldn’t have needed that step, leaving the center section gray. This was adhered to the mat using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

umbrella detail

The handle was stamped using the shorter, straight handle in Basic Gray ink on Basic Gray cardstock. I glued this to another piece of Basic Gray and fussy cut them together. I decided it needed to be thicker so I glued two more scraps together and glued it to my handle before fussy cutting around the original handle. Perfect. This was adhered using liquid glue.

Next, I needed clouds. Two of the large ones and one smaller one were cut from Whisper White, with one of the large ones becoming a storm cloud with a little Smokey Gray ink and Blender Pen. The white ones were liquid glued to the mat with the dark cloud adhered with Stampin’ Dimensionals overlapping the smaller one.

clouds rain detail

Using Basic Gray ink and the raindrops stamp, I stamped raindrops falling from the clouds. To dress things up a little, I die cut plain raindrops, not the heart-shaped ones, out of Silver Foil. I have to tell you that this is a tedious bit of work! Those raindrops are very tiny, easily lost, and not-so-easily glued to my card.

The Celebrate! sentiment in Basic Black from the Weather Together stamp set completed the card front.dimensionals

For the inside I stamped the 3 piece umbrella in Daffodil Yellow on a piece of Whisper White, and added a Basic Gray handle. Over this I stamped my sentiment. That sentiment is one I really like and is from Gina K. Designs. I thought it very appropriate for this card, to reflect my joy over a bit of rain. This was glued to another piece of the gray dotted paper and onto a piece of Crushed Curry. This was then glued into my card base. I wanted the inside brighter, so I made the crushed curry more dominant by cutting the dots and Whisper White pieces a bit smaller than I normally would.


We really do need to be thankful for small things. I am thankful today, not only for the rain, but for each of you following this blog. Thank you very much.

The envelope got the usual patterned paper on the flap,

envelope flap

and, a Daffodil Yellow umbrella stamped on the front, along with a Smokey Slate handle and some Smokey Slate raindrops. I hope you like this card and remember to be thankful for the little things.

envelope front

If you don’t have a demonstrator and need supplies for this card, or any other, or a scrapbooking layout, I would be happy for you to click the ‘shop online with me’ button at right.

Card Cuts:

Basic Gray: Base 4-1/4″ x 11″ Scored at 5-1/2″, Umbrella, handles-scraps; Crushed Curry: Front mat 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″, inside mat 4″ x 5-1/4″;  Daffodil Delight: Umbrella-scrap;  Smokey Gray: art piece background 3-3/4″ x 5″; Dotted Gray paper: Front mat 4″ x 5-1/4″, inside mat 3-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, envelope flap-scrap;   Whisper White

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